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                                  DETECTIVE DIVISION

On March 15, 2011, Officer Drew Bishop became the first detective in the department's history.  While the department is staffed with many competent and proven investigators in the Patrol Bureau, Detective Bishop's primary responsibilities include criminal investigations and prosecutions of both misdemeanors and felonies involving both adult and juvenile offenders.  Most recently, Detective Bishop has employed a variety of investigative techniques while working successfully with officers from state and local police departments in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts to develop leads on pending cases and resolve area burglaries and housebreaks.  Additionally, Detective Bishop is proactive in narcotics investigations involving the sale and distribution of controlled substances. 

Detective Bishop is one (1) of four (4) active members of the department who has received extensive training at the Rhode Island Bureau of Criminal Identification School hosted by the State Crime Laboratory at the University of Rhode Island, where he has gained extensive hands-on training and experience in crime-scene processing and photography, lifting and enhancing latent (hidden) prints, scene reconstruction and interpretation, and evidence collection and processing.

As previously mentioned, Detective Bishop handles prosecution responsibilities for the department including matters before the Superior Court, District Court, Family Court, and Traffic Court (Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal).

Detective Bishop can be contacted at the Richmond Police Department at 401-539-8289, or by e-mail at dbishop@richmondpd.org.


INTERESTING CASE INVESTIGATION


         

On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, at approximately 10:00 AM, members of the Richmond Police Department and the Rhode Island             State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force responded to 15 Riverview Drive, Alton, and arrested Glen Matteson,     age 51, of that address on felony charges of (1) Indecent Solicitation of a Child and (2) Child Pornography Prohibited.  The arrest was    the result of an investigation that began on Sunday, February 19th, 2012, when a Richmond resident reported that his juvenile son had received inappropriate text messages from Mr. Matteson, an assistant coach for the Chariho High School Soccer team. 

The parent authorized the Richmond Police Department to use his son’s cellular phone to engage in text exchanges with Mr. Matteson in an  effort to explore his intent.  Detective Drew Bishop, posing as the juvenile boy known to Mr. Matteson, exchanged a series of text messages   that led to sexually explicit content, which the police allege constituted him knowingly soliciting, urging, or requesting a person he knew to be under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts in violation of chapters 9 and 37 of the Rhode Island General Laws.  The Richmond Police Department subsequently obtained an affidavit and arrest warrant for Mr. Matteson on a charge of Indecent Solicitation of a Child.  In furtherance of the investigation, the Richmond Police Department requested the assistance of the RI State Police ICAC Task Force in order      to obtain a search warrant for Mr. Matteson’s computer(s) and to seek their investigative and forensic expertise at the scene of the search warrant and arrest.

           

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 Detective Bishop is responsible for following up on criminal cases, both misdemeanors and felonies for both juveniles and adults. Detective Bishop is also proactive in criminal investigations including the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics. Detective Bishop works with surrounding state and local police departments following up on criminal matters.

Detective Bishop also handles the prosecution for the department including District Court, Family Court and Traffic Court.

Detective Bishop received extensive training at the Rhode Island Bureau of Criminal Identification School held at The University of Rhode Island.  Training includes extensive photography, lifting and enhancing latent prints, evidence collection and processing.